The automated vehicles are to be trialled on-road and in partnership with Telstra and Lexus.
The Victorian government has announced a trial of its connected and automated vehicle technology and Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford has said that on-road testing will be underway ‘soon’.
According to ZD Net a statement from Pulford said that the trial will see the use of advanced technology to connect vehicles directly, as well as optimised 4G mobile networks to connect vehicles to one another and to traffic management centres with cloud servers using Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) tech.
The project intends to research cars fitted with this technology under controlled conditions and is testing several road safety features including Red-light Violator Warnings and Pedestrian Alert Right-Turn Assist, Pulford explained.
ZD Net reports that the project is a partnership led by Telstra and Lexus Australia and is funded by a AU$3.5 million grant from the government’s Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Trial Grants Programme.
Pulford said that on-road testing will soon begin on metropolitan and regional roads to help shape how this technology could be fitted to vehicles in the future.
‘We’re trialling cutting-edge technology like this to make our roads safer into the future. Victoria is leading the nation in connected and automated vehicles, this technology will be critical in making roads safer not only here but across Australia,’ Pulford said, according to ZD Net.